The organizational committee of Sochi 2014 is suing the Olympics’ official lottery company Sportloto for failure to make license payments for the use of Olympic logos. The committee has filed a lawsuit with a Moscow arbitration court, claiming that Sportloto failed to make applicable license payments on time and in full, and is demanding 20.4M rubles ($635,000) in outstanding license fees, the court news wire service RAPSI reported. Under a seven-year license agreement, signed by Sportloto and the organizing committee in '10, the company obtained the status of “the Olympic lottery operator” and the right to develop, launch and operate two real-time draw lotteries and 10 instant lotteries through its nationwide sales network of more than 120,000 points of sales. License fees were designed to contribute to Sochi 2014 Olympic funding.
GETTING EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: The agreement also gave Sportloto, the sole lottery operator to obtain the Olympic status, the exclusive rights to the Olympic logos. The organizing committee said that the delay in collecting the license fees from Sportloto will not have any impact on preparations for the Olympics. Launched in '70, Sportloto was the most popular draw lottery in the Soviet era, when it was run by the government. Its popularity declined sharply in the '90s, but received a boost with the obtaining of the Olympic status.
(Vladimir Kozlov is SBD Global's Moscow correspondent)
Investigators in Italy said that officials for the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations had evidence that an Olympic Gold Medalist used performance-enhancing drugs "but made no effort to prevent him from competing in last summer's Olympic Games in London," according to Claudio Gatti of the N.Y. TIMES. The revelation "stemmed from an investigation being conducted by prosecutors in Bolzano, Italy," into Italian track and field federation Medical Dir and IAAF Anti-Doping Commission member Dr. Giuseppe Fischetto. Italy's military police said that "the authorities obtained e-mail messages indicating that as early as April 2012," IAAF officials were aware of abnormal doping test results for the racewalker Alex Schwazer, who won Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. Prosecutors accuse Fischetto of "complicit behavior, that consisted in not activating any anti-doping control against the athlete, in fact allowing him to take illegal performance enhancing substances" (N.Y. TIMES, 6/18).
Sports Day, Madrid's event scheduled to celebrate the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid and MARCA's 75th anniversary on June 22, "already has registered record figures," according to MARCA. Enrollment for nearly all the activities is already full, and the high demand from people wanting to participate has motivated Madrid to add 10,000 more spots for participants to the initial allotment of 20,000. On June 22, more than 50,000 people will cover the most emblematic parts of the city with sports (MARCA, 6/19). ... Creative celebrations "are planned for the opening ceremony of the inaugural Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games in December." Aussie singers Anthony Callea, Marcia Hines and Marina Prior are among the line-up of entertainers, "which also features Special Olympics dancers, a parade of the 2,500 athletes from the 32 competing nations, and the lighting of the Games cauldron as the Torch Run reaches the Stadium" (XINHUA, 6/19). ... IOC inspectors have concluded their second visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea "by praising organizers for making good progress on preparations for the 2018 Winter Games" (AP, 6/19).